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Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos has apologized for not publicly disclosing $50,000 in donations given to the nonprofit Clinton Foundation in 2013 and 2014.
Stephanopoulos, who also hosts This Week With George Stephanopoulos, gave the organization $25,000 in both of those years, according to Politico’s On Media blog. Stephanopoulos said in a statement to press that he should have been more forthcoming about his contributions.
“I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply,” he said. “I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the foundation. I apologize.”
ABC News on Thursday also released a statement to THR, saying it’s standing behind him.
“As George has said, he made charitable donations to the foundation to support a cause he cares about deeply and believed his contributions were a matter of public record,” the news organization said. “He should have taken the extra step to notify us and our viewers during the recent news reports about the foundation. He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him.”
Politico noted that Stephanopoulos never revealed his contributions to viewers and that the revelation comes on the heels of his interview last month with author Peter Schweizer, author of the book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, in which he investigates donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign groups.
Stephanopoulos has close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton: Before joining ABC News, he was President Clinton’s communications director and later senior adviser for policy and strategy. Before that was communications director on his 1992 presidential campaign.
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